Investigation Discovery reexamines the OJ Simpson trial 20 years after the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman with OJ: Trial of the Century airing on June 12, 2014 at 8pm. Every Hill Films produced the documentary on the murder trial that had a nation riveted to their televisions, and Nicole Rittenmeyer (9/11: The Days After, JFK: 3 Shots that Changed America, 102 Minutes that Changed America) served as executive producer.
“OJ represented a watershed moment for this country’s perception of the legal system and, indeed, a transformative event in the racial and social history of our nation,” stated Henry Schleiff, Group President of Investigation Discovery, American Heroes Channel, Destination America, and Discovery Fit & Health. “While twenty years later, many questions still linger, this powerful documentary turns back the clock to allow viewers to experience this unique trial’s intensity firsthand.”
Presented under the ID FILMS banner, OJ: Trial of the Century follows the real-life soap opera that was the Simpson case as it played out like an episodic work of dramatic fiction. In a stylistic approach favored by executive producer Rittenmeyer, the documentary relies on contemporaneous archival material alone to illustrate the course of events. Without the interruption of modern interviews to provide hindsight, Rittenmeyer’s storytelling triggers the same raw emotion and real-time perspective as when the events transpired all those years ago.
By asking viewers to “re-live” the case as it played out at the time, ID introduces a new generation of viewers to the stranger-than-fiction narrative that captivated our collective national conscience. And for the audience that lived it the first time, there are two decades’ worth of historical, legal and psychological ramifications to this story that continue to make it a cultural touchstone and reference point for countless criminal proceedings, news media commentary as well as even late-night TV comedy.
This is the story of how an event – the prosecution and then acquittal of a man accused of double homicide – became the first nationally televised soap opera of tangled and salacious plotlines that would beget countless others. Perhaps more significantly, it was also a flashpoint for debate, disagreement, and disillusionment and the ultimate allegory for tensions that continue to face American society today.
Source: Investigation Discovery
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